Ashley R. Martin, a sophomore from Wirtz majoring in psychology, earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average, or all A’s for the 15-week semester at Bridgewater College.
A couple from Smith Mountain Lake have taken on a project of renovating a former 2005 international school bus into their new home, and they plan to travel across the country with it.
Three new board members for the Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) have been sworn in at the Bedford General District Court. The two members appointed by the Bedford County Board of Supervisors are Jay Gray and Kevin Mele; these members were appointed on December 14th and they took thei…
Update: On January 20th, 2021, Investigators with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office made two arrests for the Burglary at the Smith Mountain Lake 4H Center on January 16th, 2021. Brian Keith Gillespie, 41 years old of Rocky Mount, VA was charged with Felony Burglary and Grand Larceny. He w…
Appalachian Power lake crews removed a record 10,417 tons of debris from the Smith Mountain Project in 2020. The more than 10,000 tons, or 20 million pounds, shattered the previous mark set in 2019 of 5,731 tons.
Children’s Assistive Technology Service (C.A.T.S.), a nonprofit in Moneta, received a $100,000 donation made possible by Lynn and Foster Friess in honor of Isabella Maria Santorum.
A rare propaganda poster featuring legendary boxer Joe Louis in the National D-Day Memorial collection is one of Virginia’s “Top 10 Endangered Artifacts.”
After decades of efforts, the Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire and Rescue department will finally get a brand new headquarters, which will be their first ever.
Local entrepreneur, Jessica "J Bohn" Bishop, today announced a new service she is offering to the Smith Mountain Lake community - social media marketing partnerships and mentoring.
At a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, Cardinal Glass Industries celebrated completion of its recent facility expansion project in Vinton, which will accommodate a robotic seaming and cutting system.
The Bedford County Economic Development Authority (EDA) recently announced that Damage Prevention Solutions LLC will invest more than $2 million in Bedford County and add up to 45 new jobs over the next five years.
Owners of Virginia Dare Cruises & Marina, Garret Meyer and Darrin Main, have been overseeing the business for the past three years and have had their fair share of challenges.
Marita Steinmetz Cheney, who serves on the Smith Mountain Arts Council Board for the SMAC Art Show, has her paintings available for viewing at the MOarts Gallery at Moneta/Smith Mountain Lake Library until Jan. 29.
“This past year has been a financial and mental strain on all of us, especially our local senior citizens,” the Franklin County Office of Aging stated. “Winter is approaching, and this year it will be especially tough for older homebound neighbors, and now they might have to choose between f…
The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office hosted a pinning ceremony of six new deputies on Jan. 4. Sheriff Mike Miller swore in deputies Melinda Docker, Joshua Person and Alexis Rucker, who just graduated the Basic Law Enforcement Academy. Additionally, Miller swore in deputies Ricardo Orozco, Dan…
The Pittsylvania-Danville and Southside health districts stated they are working to ensure the vaccination of prioritized groups as defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and adopted by Virginia Disaster Medical Advi…
The Town of Rocky Mount has launched a survey to gather public input on the unique perspectives and experiences of those who live, work, play and govern in the Town as it undergoes a process to brand itself for quality of life and regional tourism opportunities. Survey findings will help Tow…
The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce (SMLRCC) welcomed 14 professionals in its inaugural Smith Mountain Lake (SML) Leadership Academy, a 12-month program designed to educate, connect, and inspire existing and emerging community leaders.
Rain, snow and/or a combination of the two may result in difficult driving conditions for motorists beginning overnight tonight (Thursday, Jan. 7) into the early hours of Saturday, Jan. 9.
Lives were turned upside down in 2020. The pandemic, calls for racial justice, and other history-making moments made the year like no other. And though no one can predict what 2021 will look like, the Franklin County Public Library is certain about at least one thing: Stories connect people.
The Franklin County Board of Supervisors on Monday voted unanimously to elect Boone-District representative Ronnie Thompson to be the board chairman for 2021. Blue Ridge District representative Tim Tatum was named vice chairman with a unanimous vote as well.
The Pittsylvania-Danville and Southside Health Districts began conducting closed “point of dispensing” (POD) COVID-19 vaccination clinics specifically for “Phase 1a” priority groups.
The Franklin County Grand Jury recently handed down multiple indictments against four of six individuals — including two from Hardy and two from Rocky Mount — who are linked to the shooting death of 20-year-old Justin Chase Prillaman in July 2020 at the 100 block of Salthouse Branch Road in …
The lingering uncertainty surrounding the second round of stimulus payments creates the perfect storm for fraudsters trying to make a dishonest dollar. Better Business Bureau (BBB) Serving Western Virginia warns the area of scammers looking to steal economic impact payments. BBB offers tips …
WoodmenLife and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office would like to recognize Deputy Stephannie Mills for her commitment to our community for the month of December!
Appalachian Power requested permission to recover costs associated with meeting environmental regulations at its generating plants that serve Virginia customers, including rules relating to the ash handling and wastewater discharge systems at the John Amos and Mountaineer plants.
Southside Electric Cooperative, whose service area includes Bedford County near Smith Mountain Lake, has made donations to 24 food banks across its service territory, an outreach to help area residents who are hungry or unsure about their next meals.
Last Wednesday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced two allocations of Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) grants, totaling more than $6 million.
In its December meeting, the Southwest Virginia Deputy Commissioner of the Revenue Association voted to donate $3,500 to Feeding Southwest Virginia, a regional branch of the Feeding America Organization.
Over the last several weeks, Centra has experienced significant surges in COVID inpatient census, so all Centra hospitals will limit visitors for procedural and inpatient spaces to one visitor per adult for non-COVID patients and patients in the Labor & Delivery and Mother/Baby Units.
Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) is releasing its 2021 Public Policy Agenda outlining the chamber’s legislative policy on issues that effect the business community and for the advancement of the region’s workforce and economic development.
Mariners Landing Resort at Smith Mountain Lake responded to a real estate report recently published, which indicates restructuring operations by the new developer is paying off.
“Getting a DUI is not fun and games,” the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office stated. “Think about others out on the roadways. The holidays are supposed to be fun.” The sheriff’s office advises the public to celebrate responsibly this Christmas and New Year’s Day by not drinking and driving.
In the past years, Halesford United Methodist Church (UMC) and Epworth UMC have held an annual “String Beans, Corn and Peas Concert” to aid the local food banks in the Bedford, Rocky Mount and Roanoke areas, but it was not feasible to hold the concert this year due to the pandemic.
Scorpions Motorcycle Club members raised $7,000 to benefit God’s Pit Crew in a fundraiser spearheaded by the Smith Mountain Lake Virginia chapter.
Virginia State Police is investigating a fatal crash in Franklin County. The crash occurred at 3:01 p.m. Monday (Dec. 21) on Route 220 at the Route 40 interchange in Rocky Mount.